Re: VTOL planes in history:

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Mon Jan 15 2001 - 10:47:34 MST

There was the Hiller X-18 reused the engine from the XFV-1. The Ryan
X-13 Vertijet was a delta winged tail sitter. The Hiller Flying Platform
was another design built for one passenger and was featured in the movie
rendition of 'Farenheit 451', See:
( ) wrote:
> In a message dated 1/15/01 7:20:39 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> writes:<< > "Michael S. Lorrey" wrote: >
> > > Here are links to various pics of assorted little known VTOL aircraft,
> > > including several that takeoff and land on their tails... >>
> Mike, etal,
> Maybe you can help me. I recall as a large lad or young man seeing an
> issue of Mechanix Illustrated, or somesuch, talking about a "land on tail"
> VTOL that original young Hiller was developing. My basic memory is that it
> was either jet or rocket powered: I certainly don't remember a propellor on
> the craft.
> I looked in vain among the VTOL you linked us to and did not find it.
> Have you any information on such a craft.
> Ron h.

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